SEARCH BLOG: ENERGY
At the top of the graphic to the left is "Renewables" at 13%. You know, solar and wind. Not exactly.
Hydropower, the source for 8% of U.S. electricity generation in 2011, is a process in which flowing water is used to spin a turbine connected to a generator.That leaves 5% for "other renewables."
- This [geothermal] energy source generated less than 1% of the electricity in the Country in 2011.
- Biomass accounts for about 1% of the electricity generated in the United States.
- Solar-thermal electric generators concentrate solar energy to heat a fluid and produce steam to drive turbines. In 2011, less than 1% of the Nation's electricity was from solar power.
- Electricity generation from wind has increased significantly in the United States since 1970, but wind power remains a small fraction of U.S. electricity generation, about 3% in 2011.
CHINA TO DROP SOLAR ENERGY TO FOCUS ON NUCLEAR POWER
China will accelerate the use of new-energy sources such as nuclear energy and put an end to blind expansion in industries such as solar energy and wind power in 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says in a government report published on March 5. [source]h/t Watts Up With That